What can I do to liven it up? All the terra cotta pots I have ever seen already have drainage holes. https://inthegardenwithmaria.com/2016/05/26/bougai... Best bougainvilleas for pots and containers. Gregory Jones from IL on February 13, 2015: I landscaped in Florida for about 10 years and love the large varieties of color of bougainvillea. Thanks. As the disease progresses, the bracts and foliage may become misshapen. What kind of soil should we use? MariaMontgomery (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 12, 2017: I write a garden blog called "In the Garden with Maria". You didn't say where you are, but I believe I can safely assume that, if you're growing a bougainvillea, you probably live where there are hot summers. Question: Can I keep Bougainvillea low growing hedge like? I don't remember whether I covered this in the article, but if the thorns are a huge problem for you, take a pair of wire cutters, and clip off the thorns so you can safely handle the branches. They need good drainage and full sun. Also, any branches with this mildew should be removed and trashed, not composted. Bougainvillea is susceptible to fungal and bacterial leaf spot. I hope your bougainvillea perks up. Maybe it needs plant food (fertilizer). While your bougainvillea may briefly drop some throughout the year, it is classified as evergreen in mild climates and keeps its leaves year-round. If the water runs out the bottom of the pot quickly, be sure to put a plant saucer under it. You may want to consider pruning it back a bit — after it finishes blooming, of course. Check out Bougainvillea looper caterpillar for the chewed leaves. Around here, shrubs grow so very large they would block the view of the beautiful bougainvillea flowers. $("#show_answer_form").slideDown(); Maybe they will got it later, as they said they had had several requests for it. With this in mind, choose a spot against a warm, protected wall where you want to add a BIG splash of color. I live in NC, took plant inside for winter. Privacy Policy and Palms do have specific nutrient requirements. Also, make sure it is secured to its trellis to prevent wind damage. Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on May 25, 2015: I love bougainvillea. I dig down in the soil around it to try and ascertain if it is damp enough. var pid = mySplit[1]; If you have poor drainage, that would be a good idea. I have No pink flowers left on my bougainvillea, we are towards the end of spring in Texas. Keep the plant well watered when first planted, but then keep dry for more flowers once established. Grows as an annual outdoors or as a perennial in a container indoors. Also, bougainvillea grows quite large -- I mean really large. I plucked this caterpillar off of my plant. Whenever possible, I wind higher branches into the trellis, or behind other branches that are securely trellised. Do you EVER trim bushes with flowers on them? I have been caring for 2 La Jolla Bougainvillea in one gallon containers about 3 weeks. If you want to do that , please send it to gardenerandcookblog@gmail.com. The bark seems to have mould patches on it ! If so, why not just plant the bougainvillea next to the tree? These vines grow rapidly, and will soon be climbing the tree. Maria is a Master Gardener, public health educator, grant-writer, artist, photographer, editor, & proofreader. Any chance the brown one got too much water, maybe from a leaky roof or window in the greenhouse? It looks hideous and all the blooms are cut off. I haven't logged on for quite a while. In central Florida, where I lived when I first wrote this article, a hard freeze is considered 4 hours or more at or below 32 degrees Fahrenheit. I decided to prune mine in the way that a vineyard manager prunes grape vines, but not as severely. Some varieties are better than others for pots: Sixteen months after being planted, our bougainvillea outgrew the original trellis. It could be a lack of nutrients. Keep the mulch fairly thin in the first few inches from the trunk. Question by jhh4. Its watered about twice a week and is in a pot.